The Browning Version (1994) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Browning Version (1994)



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This British drama represents the second screen version of Terence Ratigan's play about a school teacher with a weak heart facing forced retirement. The first appeared 40 years ago. Andrew Crocker-Harris has been a rigorous teacher of Latin at a public school for the past 20 years. Because his heart condition warrants it looks as if he will be teaching English as a second language to foreigners. Andrew projects sternness, and the classical British stiff-upper lip. At school he is impeccably organized and disciplined, but at home, a different man appears. He is unhappily married to Laura. She is having an affair with Frank Hunter, the American chemistry teacher in the school. Hunter is uncomfortable with the relationship because he feels he is betraying his much admired colleague, Andrew. One student, Taplow, sees the sensitivity beneath Andrew's stern demeanor. Though he struggles, Taplow understands the beauty of the language Andrew tries to convey.

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Albert Finney
as Andrew Crocker-Harris
Greta Scacchi
as Laura Crocker-Harris
Matthew Modine
as Frank Hunter
Julian Sands
as Tom Gilbert
Michael Gambon
as Dr. Frobisher
Jeff Nuttall
as Lord Baxter
Dinah Stabb
as Jane Frobisher
Belinda Low
as Rowena Baxter
George Harris
as Adakendi Senior
Mark Long
as Foster
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Critic Reviews for The Browning Version

All Critics (18) | Top Critics (6)

Not as good as the original, but Finney is magnificent.

July 26, 2003 | Rating: 4/5
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The movie is civilized and literate, and Finney is suitably melancholy in the lead, but somehow there's a lack of fire and spirit.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

The Browning Version is not only a very bad film, it desecrates a considerable work of art.

December 12, 2017 | Full Review…

The filmmakers lack the confidence to allow us the full measure of Rattigan's uniquely British sensibility.

June 2, 2003 | Full Review…

Finney is terrific as a fussy teacher who picks up a few valuable lessons of his own.

September 3, 2002 | Rating: 3/5

High-class film about a middle-age teacher who does painful soul-searching.

August 30, 2002 | Full Review…

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Anguish,perfectly filmed and supremely portrayed by Albert Finney.

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